On Thursday, September 22, the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the coordinated Democratic Campaign Headquarters was launched between 5-7PM. The Democratic Headquarters is located at 1241 E. Dixon Blvd. beside of Hendrick’s Appliance and the former Sagebrush Restaurant.
Emma Laz-Hirsh is the campaign coordinator and Joyce Sheaffer is the Democratic Chair of Cleveland County. The headquarters is open to the public from 11AM-7PM, with extended hours for volunteers who are working there.
About 100 volunteers and visitors attended the opening. Music and patriotic decorations pervaded the headquarters.

After a welcome by Chair Sheaffer and Coordinator Emma Laz-Hirsh, Chair Sheaffer offered the invocation, remembering the Tim Brakeen family and the late father of Andy Millard. The ribbon cutting took place outside the headquarters, with Chair Sheaffer cutting the ribbon. After the ribbon cutting, two tables of refreshments were provided by the Cleveland County Democratic Women and other volunteers. Among the speakers for the evening were Mary Accor, candidate for Cleveland County Commission; Judge Meredith Shuford, candidate for re-election in District 27B; Fred Harrill, speaking for Debi Harrill, Register of Deeds, seeking election in 2016; Anne Fischer, candidate for NC Senate; and Andy Millard, candidate for the Congressional Seat in District 10. Others attending were County 1st Vice Chair, Steve Padgett; Interim Secretary, Pat Poston; Democratic Women President, Leatha Lockhart; Vice President, Priscilla Dunlap; District 10 Democratic Chair, Betsy Wells, and elected official Judge Ali Paksoy.


After the guest speakers, Coordinator Emma Laz-Hirsh, invited volunteers to sign up for canvassing, phone banks, Cleveland County Fair Booth, registrations, greeters, poll workers, and donations to campaigns. Guests and volunteers mingled until 9PM, looking forward to the Presidential Debate party on Monday, Sept. 26, 7PM until conclusion. The public and prospective volunteers are invited to visit the headquarters. Hours for volunteers will be extended to meet the needs of volunteers. The headquarters numbers are 704-300-3796, Coordinator # 608-459-9998, and Chair #704-406-9310. Watch us on Facebook and web site www.clevelanddems.org.